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A Taste Of The Camino

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • León
  • Sarria
  • Santiago de Compostela

11 Days Walking Journey
  • Departing:
  • 25 May 2021

Setting out from León, we take on the more demanding, yet most fulfilling, final sections of the epic Camino de Santiago. Taking time to admire the Cathedral of León, we soon find our route taking us over the spectacular Cantabrian Mountains, before arriving in Santiago de Compostela – our Camino experience shorter, but no less authentic.

Captains Choice UK/US/CA A Taste of the Camino map 2021

From Barcelona, we take a short flight to the ancient city of León, whose focal point is the grand León Cathedral. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish, before we reconvene for drinks and a Welcome Dinner at our hotel, the NH Collection León Plaza Mayor.

Our courtesy vehicle brings us to our starting point, the small town of Puente Orbigo. The bridge the town is named after was once partially demolished by its inhabitants, as a means of slowing Napoleon’s advancing forces. We travel on to Astorga before detouring from the Camino to arrive at the Palacio de Canedo in rural Arganza, ready to sample the chef’s tasting menu and wines from the hotel’s estate.

Crossing into Galicia, rolling green hills and misty lakes shroud a landscape akin to Ireland’s, concealing a Celtic connection forged over centuries. It is Camino custom to walk the last 100 kilometres of our journey. As a consequence, we are awarded the Compostela, certification of our efforts in treading the true pilgrims’ path. In the town of Portomarín we check in to the Spa Hotel Vistalegre.

Along quiet country paths, we reach the town of Arzúa, home to the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena. Our residence for the next two evenings is the charming Hotel Boutique 1930. As we set out for our final leg, a sense of gathering momentum prevails, as we join the growing community of pilgrims with Santiago de Compostela in their sights.

With just kilometres to go, we pass through Lavacolla, where pilgrims washed before entering Santiago de Compostela. From the city’s urban fringe, we thread our way through winding medieval lanes, which lead us to the Old Town. Making our approach, we see the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela towering before us. This calls for a celebration with a mariscada seafood feast and a two-night stay at the magnificent Parador de Santiago.

As we depart from Barcelona, memories of shared weariness, summits reached and smiles escaping carry us home. Our Camino quest has taken us beyond our wildest dreams.